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The lecture, "Leading the Way: Loyola and the Desegregation of New Orleans," took place April 10, 2012, and focused on the role Loyola played in the civil rights movement in New Orleans during the 1950s and 60s.
The panel included Xavier University New Orleans President Norman Francis, J.D. ’55, H’82, one of the two African-Americans selected to integrate Loyola’s College of Law and its first black graduate; former New Orleans Mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu ’52, J.D. ’54, H’79, H’05, who led the fight to desegregate city government and public facilities; Loyola’s first African-American student body president and former vice president of Dillard University, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III ’71, J.D. ’83; and The Rev. Bentley Anderson, S.J., Ph.D., associate professor in the African and African-American Studies Department at Fordham University and current member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees.